3 Advantages of Using Textured Paint

blue and black textured spray paint

Textured spray paint is just like any other spray paint on the market. Textured spray paint is an aerosol that comes in a can and in various colors and styles like semi-gloss, satin, or matte.

Textured spray paint is used in exactly the same manner as all of the other spray paint on the market. The big deal about textured spray paint is the fact that it is textured, but what does that mean for you as a consumer or a do-it-yourselfer? The following article will help to answer that question while laying out the advantages of using textured spray paint.

1. Low Cost

When you are shopping for paint at the local home improvement store you will be overwhelmed by not only the number of choices but the price. A gallon of standard paint that is not even a decent brand can run you over $25 and if you want to get into quality paints you can double that amount.

Textured paint will add another $10 to $15 to the overall cost of the paint. You can add your own sand to a regular paint to get that same effect, but too much sand and you just ruined the paint.

Under normal circumstances, you could return the paint but do not expect a refund in this case. The solution is to use textured spray paint. It gives you the same effect at a cost that does not even break double digits.

2. Easy to Use

Textured paint is created by adding sand to normal paint and then stirring it. When you apply the paint to the wall and it dries, the sand is spread out over the surface and you get something that looks like popcorn ceilings.

This sounds easy enough but if any textured paint dries on the roller or brush you will wind up with voids in the paint. You will also ruin the brush, the roller and paint tray because the sand will simply remain and dry, making it impossible to reuse these items. Textured spray paint gives you an even coating every time and there are no materials for you to use once and then throw away.

Just clean the nozzle of the can when you are finished and you will be good to go the next time you want to use the textured spray paint.

3. Small Job Perfection

Textured spray paint is not meant to be used on large jobs because it is spray paint. If you bought enough textured spray paint cans then you could presumably do an entire wall using them. Textured spray paint really shines when used sparingly and on a small job.

Painting an old picture frame using textured spray paint can give new life to something you may have been ready to throw out. Textured spray paint is also great to use to finish natural wood handles on brooms and other such items.

Once the paint dries you will have a textured surface that increases your grip and will prevent you from having to pull out splinters afterward.

light blue textured paint on wall

Crackle Paint

One use for textured spray paint is a crackle paint look. Crackle paint techniques add style, character and a feel of “vintage” look to your furniture or home accessory. These faux painting techniques can be used on paper mache, porcelain, wood, and cardboard. It looks like paint but it cracks as it dries giving the surface a distressed, worn-out and antique look.

The paint’s crackling compound mimics the natural aging effects and if applied correctly, no one would notice that it’s done artificially. Similar to normal paint, you can choose from a wide variety of crackle paint colors.

If you have plans of giving your room a little bit of style, you can use crackle paint on a piece of furniture or give the worn-out cupboard a makeover. There are three popular techniques of crackle painting; porcelain, glue method, and weathered crackle glaze. Tried and tested color combinations are:

  • Dark pink and white
  • Beige and brown
  • White and green
  • Cream and red

Porcelain crackling will give your porcelain a convincing aged look. It is ideal for accent pieces such as mirror frames, vases, and porcelain table tops. Below is a step-by-step guide porcelain crackle paint technique.

Start by using painter’s tape or masking tape to protect surrounding areas that you don’t want painted. Afterward, you can now apply your base coat using your paint roller directly to the surface. Different products may have different effects; make sure to follow paint label directions. Allow the base coat to dry for 4 to 5 hours.

You can also leave it overnight but remove the tape before leaving it on. The tape left may lift off and remove the base coat you applied earlier.

After leaving the base coat overnight, reapply tape. Apply evenly the contrasting crackle paint using a foam brush. Apply paint using overlapping, small X strokes. The thicker crackle paint you apply, the more well-defined your cracks will be. On the other hand, a thinner coat will give you smaller and finer cracks. Allow it to dry for 20 to 30 minutes.

To smooth out the paint, run your foam brush lightly to the surface in a horizontal or vertical motion. Allow the final coat to dry for a day.

After 24 hours, apply evenly a coat of clear polyurethane finish to protect your newly-applied paint. Remove the tape while the paint is still fresh to avoid paint from lifting off with the tape.

Layering different colors of paint is a good idea once you have already tried combining two basic colors. A darker base coat with a lighter finish is a popular choice but doing it the other way around is now a growing trend.

colorful crackle paint

Flat Paint

Flat paint has a big difference from textured paint: it's flat.

Flat paint can be used for many purposes. From its uses as a primer to dozens of surface types or applied to drywall as a finish coat. Its versatility, ease of use, and, its adhesion performance to so many types of surfaces are some of the reasons that flat paint has had so much success among paint professionals and homeowners alike.

Another reason for its sustainability in the market is because of its highly competitive price. When compared to most other types of paint available, others can't compete with this low-cost product that can be applied to varieties of surfaces.

Flat paint is used largely by paint professionals as a primer for many types of metals creating a bond-able surface for rust preventative enamels, latex enamel and alkyd enamel to adhere to. This is only a hand full of products that flat paint teams with to create a long-lasting finish.

It is used as a primer for almost any variety of wood and woodwork used as a primer to seal wood grain for a smooth surface. By this, it invariably does the dirty work for enamel finish products to actually be the reason for the woods beautiful, flawless finish. Flat paint is also partially responsible for the longevity of a lot of paint jobs.

Flat paint is used as a primer for drywall surfaces as well as a finish product. It is used as a primer to textured drywall prior to applying latex paint products. Also using flat paint to size walls prior to the application of wallpaper gives the wallpaper maximum adhesion to the drywall.

Sizing is a term best described as primer. The process of preparing drywall surfaces for best adhesion of wallpaper glue. The importance of sizing prior to wallpapering shows its best example in areas such as a bathrooms where moisture is high and where wallpaper glue fails most often.

Flat paint is also used often by many professionals as a finish coat to textured drywall surfaces such as ceilings primarily, but also to walls on the commercial and residential level. The lack of sheen from this product is what attracts a lot of customers to flat paint. This can be a good attribute to have, but it also can be the reason for its failure in one area of performance.

Floral Spray Paint

The use of floral spray paint gives people the ability to change the color of real flowers to match whatever color scheme they want to work with. This type of spray paint is non-toxic and does not harm the flower at all.

The same qualities that you love about the flower - the shape, smell, and size, are not going to be affected by floral spray paint. If you want to try using floral spray paint, here are some tips to help you with it.

Floral spray paint comes in a can, much like you would find with normal spray paint. This means that this type of paint is an aerosol that moves through the air.

You will want to make sure that the room where you will be working is going to be well-ventilated before you begin spraying any flowers. The fumes, while nontoxic, can cause other respiratory problems in people who have asthma or similar problems. You may want to use a small respirator mask if the fumes are a problem for you.

One of the most misunderstood rules about using spray paint is that which pertains to the distance that you use the paint. For painting with floral spray paint, the same basic rules apply.

You want to hold the can straight up and down and at least a 6 to 8-inch distance. This will help you control the stream of the paint and coat only the portion of flower that you want. A lot of mistakes are made when people spray the paint from too far away.

It is a big temptation to want to group all of the flowers together and spray them all with one blast of paint. This is a temptation that should be avoided. When working with floral spray paint, you should spray one single flower at a time and use short bursts of paint. This way, you will get an even coating over the entire surface instead of hitting what is showing.

Painting with floral paint is great for those times when the color you want is not within the color spectrum of the flower. If you love tulips, but want a deep azure blue, you will not be able to find it. However, you can adorn your wedding, anniversary, or other special event with a blue tulip with the use of floral spray paint. Depending on the type of color you want to use, you can find a can of paint for it.

There may be times when you want to have flowers that have several different colors at a time. This is done very easily with a floral spray. Once you paint the flower with one color, you will need to set it aside for at least 30 to 45 minutes before adding another color. Make sure you cover the whole surface with the first color to ensure that there are no gaps between the two different colors.

Spraying Brass Surfaces

Spray painting brass may seem difficult, but actually, it is quite easy when you use some of the tips below.

However, before you start applying paint, first you will need to check if your object is actually made of brass. Some manufacturers paint steel objects with a brass color, so you would have a brass-plated item, not a brass item.

Do a magnet test and see if the object is attracted to the metal. If the object does attract the magnet, then you have a steel object. If the magnet is not attracted, then you have a genuine brass object.

These days, brass objects are coated with lacquer to prevent the brass from tarnishing. Use a brush and apply thinner over the surface. Then rinse it off thoroughly.

Next, clean the brass object with soap and water to get rid of the lacquer and all the dirt and debris on your brass object. When you spray paint anything, you want your surface to be clean.

Do not ever spray paint a wet object. The moisture left on the surface will ruin the paint you are trying to apply.

To dry the surface, cover the object with a clean cloth to soak the moisture. Alternatively, you can leave your object outdoors if it’s warm, or you can put it near a heater.

Adhesive tape will protect the surfaces that you don't want to get any paint on. If you want to paint the entire object, skip this step.

Primers smooth the surface, and a smoother surface will result in a much better-looking finish. The finish will also be more durable.

When you are done applying the primer, let it dry before you apply the paint. Use a primer specifically made for brass surfaces.

The base coat is a light layer of spray paint. That is important because, along with the primer, it will give your surface a more beautiful finish. The base coat should be light. In fact, your base coat should be so light you can still see the primer underneath.

Let the base coat dry.

Apply the spray paint in a horizontal position, not in a random motion. Be sure not to apply too much or too little paint. If you can still see the base coat, you haven't used enough paint. If you hold the object vertically and paint starts dripping, you've applied too much paint.

Let the object dry after you are done.

Cabinet Doors

man spray painting cabinet

Spray-painting cabinet doors is an economical way of restoring the appeal of your cabinet. All it takes is a few simple guidelines that you can easily follow in order to paint your cabinet by yourself.

Wear your protective gear. Use the screwdriver to detach the cabinet doors from the cabinet. Remove the cabinet door hinges. Take the sandpaper and smooth the doors to get all the lacquer off in order to enable the paint to adhere to the surface.

Take the warm water and the dry TSP and clean the doors. Rinse the doors thoroughly and leave them to dry overnight.

Cover your working area and any adjacent walls with layers of newspaper. Ensure that you are well covered by the protective mask. Prop up the cabinet doors on pieces of wood or on the adjacent walls.

Pick up the spray primer and shake it thoroughly, then spray the doors on all sides, ensuring that all areas are covered. Leave the primer to dry for a period of 10 to 30 minutes. Always hold the nozzle of the spray can about 12 inches from the doors. This helps to avoid creating bubbles and prevents any stray drips.

Shake the spray paint can well and spray the cabinet doors from left to right to ensure that your strokes are even. Spray thin coats to make your work look more evenly spread and to avoid drips and runs on the doors.

After the first coat, leave it to dry completely before applying the second coat. After the second coat is dry, spray the lacquer onto the doors to protect them against scratches and give them an overall appeal. Leave the doors to dry for one day before reattaching them back to the cabinet.

Take the metal cleaner and pour it into a container. Place the hinges inside the cleaner and leave them for one hour. Remove the hinges and place them on a piece of cloth, then brush them with a wire brush.

Dry them off with a piece of cloth, then take the spray paint and spray it over the hinges. Allow one side to dry before flipping them over and spraying the other side.

Align the holes of the hinges with those of the cabinet doors and screw them on. Ensure that the hinges are tight.

Take your cabinet doors and hang them back onto the cabinets. Screw the door hinges onto the cabinets firmly.

Conclusion

Textured paint can be a great option to add a unique look and feel to your home. It also has a number of advantages over other paints, making it a worthwhile option to consider.